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Inspector finds special circumstances to justify new homes in Essex green belt

Inspector finds special circumstances to justify new homes in Essex green belt

A planning inspector has granted permission on appeal for nearly 40 homes in the Epping Forest green belt after finding "very special circumstances" in favour of the proposal, including the provision of new market and affordable housing in light of the council's inadequate land supply.

Brokenshire calls in 1,250-home Norwich tower plan following Historic England complaints

Brokenshire calls in 1,250-home Norwich tower plan following Historic England complaints

A controversial 1,250-home regeneration scheme in Norwich has been called in by the housing secretary James Brokenshire and will now be subject to a public inquiry, after concerns were raised by government advisor Historic England about its impact on the city's heritage.

High Court backs Essex flats consent despite 'unsatisfactory' lack of consultation

High Court backs Essex flats consent despite 'unsatisfactory' lack of consultation

A High Court judge has upheld a planning consent for two blocks of social housing in Canewdon, Essex, despite recognising that it was 'unsatisfactory' that neighbours concerned about privacy were not consulted on changes to the plans before it was determined at a committee meeting.

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The dangers for decision-makers of unclear reasoning

The dangers for decision-makers of unclear reasoning

A court judgment quashing an inspector's refusal of Bedfordshire housing reinforces the principle that decision-makers should provide clear reasons if they depart from previous verdicts on the same issue, say experts.

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